Fighter pro­file: Richie Robin­son

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FROM fan to fighter, Richie Robin­son is get­ting as pre­pared as he can be for his first MMA fight.

Orig­i­nally hail­ing from Scot­land, Robin­son’s love of the UFC is tak­ing him all the way to Air­lie Fight Night 6 on April 15.

“I haven’t boxed or any­thing be­fore. I’ve been train­ing since about Novem­ber last year so about six months,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways been a mar­tial arts fan. I grew up watch­ing boxing when I was younger. From there, MMA started be­com­ing more pop­u­lar. I’ve been fol­low­ing that since the start re­ally.

“I’ve al­ways went to the events but this is my dream here – fight­ing my­self.”

Af­ter watch­ing Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts and UFC fighter An­ton Zafir

fight in Mel­bourne, he soon found him­self train­ing with the man him­self.

“Train­ing is re­ally dif­fi­cult. It’s pretty hard but you put in all the work now – train hard, fight easy. It is tough man, but I feel like the guys are get­ting me ready for it,” he said.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of emo­tions come fight time but at the minute I’m just fo­cus­ing on my­self and be­ing as fit as I can and as good as I can be.”

STEP­PING UP: Richie Robin­son will make his MMA de­but.

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